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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Monument / Landmark
“The Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America. Built in 1886, it remains a famous world symbol of freedom and one of the greatest American icons. It is one of the world's largest statues, standing just under 152 feet tall from the base to the torch, and weighing approximately 450,000 pounds. You can see the statue from land, with particularly good views from Battery Park, on the southern tip of Manhattan. However, to truly appreciate the Statue of Liberty, the best thing to do is to take a short boat trip to Liberty Island and see it up close. You can walk around the base, enter the pedestal, or, with advance reservations, go right up to the crown. On a tour to the Statue of Liberty, you have the option to stop at Ellis Island and explore the Immigration Museum. This fantastic museum is located in the historic immigration station complex, where thousands of immigrants were processed before entering the United States. Displays focus on the process, the experiences, and the stories of the people who came through here on their journey to the United States. You can even search the on-site computer database to see a record of immigrants who came through here.”
  • 290 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“The absolute best in Jersey City! It has the best land view of the Lady Liberty”
  • 171 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping mall with wide variety of stores, extensive food court, movie theater, and car rental.”
  • 135 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Liberty Science Center is an interactive science museum and learning center located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great rooftop in the middle of downtown JC. Crispy thin brick oven pizza paired with flirty cocktails. Good place to meet locals to mingle.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Island
“It is a place where you will learn the immigration history. It is part of the Statue of Liberty trip. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bakery
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“ Carlo's Bakery, featured on Cake Boss, is known for our delicious pastries, desserts & cakes. Carlo’s is a family owned bakery featured on the TLC hit show Cake Boss. Carlo’s, originally opened by Carlo Guastaffero in 1910, was acquired by Bartolo Valastro Sr. in 1964. Since the untimely passing of Bartolo Sr. in 1994, matriarch Mary Valastro and her children Grace, Maddalena, Mary, Lisa and master baker Bartolo Jr. “Buddy” Valastro have expanded the business with the help of their spouses. Because of the Valastro family’s dedication to quality and excellence, Carlo’s has received national recognition. Master Baker Bartolo Jr. “Buddy” has been featured in numerous publications, such as M”
  • 83 locals recommend
Park
“Basketball courts, tennis courts, walking paths, and grass for laying or tossing a ball.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Mexican take-out joint with a handful of tables. This is a satellite location of another restaurant further south on Grove St, also called Taqueria Downtown, which is more of an eat-in place. Not really sure if this is authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex or whatever but it's pretty good!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Route
“Take the ferry to get a nice "cruise" with views of the statue of liberty, Jersey city, brooklyn and manhattan. Best of all, its free!”
  • 68 locals recommend
Diner
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“Old school NJ diner known for having amazing pancakes. Featured on the food network.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
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“It's a bar filled with video games! It's like being a kid with an arcade literally a block away, except that you're adult and can have a drink too.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Street food gets an ultra-hip setting — graffiti-ed walls, neon lights, and bright colors — at Orale, where locals go for Mexican food and a raucous scene. There are plenty of easygoing tacos and guacamole to pair with a myriad of margaritas, and a very lively bar scene. It all adds up to make this an especially great place for groups.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“Statue Of Liberty is Located in this Park along with Ferry Access to the City ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Busy European-style venue with self-serve German & American grub & 100+ beers plus live music & DJs. Bar games. Happy hour food. late-night food.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“Historic public square with playgrounds, dog runs & community gardens hosting a farmer's market.”
  • 31 locals recommend